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Spike TV Apologizes for Bar Rescue Episode Aired the Day Owner Allegedly Shot Patron

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The owner of Nashville bar Pit and Barrel — which was recently revamped by Spike TV's makeover show Bar Rescue from its previous incarnation, BoondoxXx BBq — was involved in a fatal Saturday morning shooting that killed country singer Wayne Mills, of the Wayne Mills Band. Bar owner Chris Ferrell told police that the two got into an altercation over Mills lighting up a cigarette inside the bar: According to Ferrell, he fired in an act of self-defense (police are currently investigated his claim, and Ferrell is not currently under arrest).

In an odd coincidence, the premiere of Pit and Barrel's Bar Rescue episode was scheduled to air later that day. The network pulled the episode from its 10p.m. timeslot, but neglected to stop its "encore" airing later that evening. (A fan site, Bar Rescue Updates, has screengrabs of the episode, which ends with an update claiming "Chris [Farrell] has not lost his temper with his staff.") Spike has since apologized that the latter show saw the light of day, writing, "We apologize to all those affected by the terrible tragedy over the weekend."

· Spike TV Apologizes for Airing "Bar Rescue" Featuring Shooting Location [Hollywood Reporter]
· Country Singer Killed by Bar Owner [Gawker]
· All Bar Rescue Coverage on Eater [-E-]

Pit and Barrel

515 2nd Ave S, Nashville, TN 37210

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